Liveblogging DLD10 with Berlinblase



Like I mentioned before, I’ll be liveblogging DLD10 with the Berlinblase crew. (Full disclosure: Paid gig.) So while we’re setting up base in the DLD press center, here’s the links in case you want to follow what’s going on:

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LeWeb 08: Liveblogging Day 2


Over at, we’ll be liveblogging LeWeb again. Please allow me to cross-post.

Good morning LeWeb! Those of you who haven’t made it to the MySpace party last night: Welcome back. For the rest of you, here’s the liveblog so you can follow the events from your desk, or your bed. So what’s planned for today? Marc Canter will be moderating a panel on Platform Love, Robin Good will be speaking about the Love of Education, and Chris Anderson will be talking, too. Then it’s John Buckman (Magnatune), Dr. Brian Cox (Unicersity of Manchester), Maurice LEvy (Publicis), Marrisa Mayer (VP of Google) and Michael Arrington. Joi Ito of Creative Commons fame will also spread the love, before it’s even lunch time. Plenty to see, plenty to hear! For some neat eye candy, go to where you’ll find the official video livestream on one side and our liveblog on the other.

Liveblogging LeWeb 08 with


Good morning everyone from LeWeb Paris. We’ll be covering the first round of sessions here. There’s an allstar lineup right here: Opening Remarms bei Geraldine & Loic Le Meur, Then Dan’l Lewin is goin to be interviewed by Steve Gillmor. Nikesh Arora will talk to Loic, David Weinberger will give a talk. And that’s just the first hour.

We’ll be covering it all over on

Liveblogging The BOBs


THE BOBsThis Thursday (27 Nov 2008) I’ll have the honor of liveblogging the award ceremony of The BOBs, the Best of the Blogs awards. (More about the BOBs in my first announcement or the official FAQ.)

Nutshell version (from the press release):

Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard was a member of the BOBs jury last year, and sees a real benefit to promoting freedom of opinion in the blogosphere. ‘Reporters Without Borders is proud to promote online free speech,’ Julliard said. ‘Blogs are often a means for people to express their views in countries where they generally cannot do this. The Internet is a revolution for voices that governments try to silence or harass. It was a great experience to be part of the jury as the BOBs are an excellent way of exploiting the Internet’s possibilities with regards to freedom of information.’ Among those nominated for this year’s Reporters Without Borders Award is the Cuban journalist Yoani Sanchez, who Time magazine voted one of the 100 most influential people of the year in 2008. Another nominee is Zeng Jinyan, the wife of the human-rights activist Hu Jia. She is currently under house arrest in China. The blog from the 4Equality project was also nominated. The project is aimed at collecting a million signatures in favor of more rights for women in Iran.

The liveblog will go online around 8pm Berlin time (GMT +1) and there’s a number of ways to follow the event:

First, and of course best, is being there, live in the meatspace. If you’re in Berlin, don’t miss out, it should be great. The ceremony will take place in the Museum for Communication (Google Maps). It’s free and open, and after the ceremony you’ll have the chance to meet the jury.

Second, and hopefully not bad either, there’ll be live coverage: I’ll be liveblogging both here and on the BOBs website. (Full disclosure: This is a paid gig.) Personally, I’d recommend you watch it on the BOBs site, as there’ll also be a live video stream. You’ll get the videostream on your left and my liveblog on the right. Of course, you can also grab the embed code and spread the work (and thereby promote freedom of speech) on your own blog. Feel free to do so!

You can register here if you’d like to get an email reminder:


Update: Get the whole picture! I figured it might be even more interesting to follow both the liveblog and see what others are saying about the BOBs. So here’s what the folks on Twitter are saying:

    The box above is done via, a pretty useful little service that aggregates in one place every tweet tagged with #thebobs. If you discuss the BOBs on Twitter, just include #thebobs in your post and it will show up here.


    Update: Chinese jury member couldn’t leave China The Chinese blogger, citizen journalist and member of the jury Shuguang Zhou was restricted from leaving China. This sadly shows how important these awards are.

    Barcamp Hamburg: Creative Commons 101


    I’ll be at Barcamp Hamburg 2 all day today, and try to liveblog one session or the other. Enjoy!

    • 2:19 PM time’s up. rock on!
    • 2:19 PM CC is young (a few years), but spreading fast.
    • 2:18 PM (obviously, i’m biased, totally pro open sharing.)
    • 2:17 PM … say you’re Amnesty International, you might be scared of other folks abusing your pictures. CC doesn’t provide protection here; however, as soon as it’s online, it’s open for abuse. So at least CC gives you a certain framework and enables sharing in positive ways.
    • 2:16 PM … the thesis is on the web (in german) on Nicole’s website.
    • 2:16 PM …can show that the NGO is open and likes to share…
    • 2:15 PM excerpt: collaboration and distribution as well as volunteer work and credibility are strong points.
    • 2:15 PM Nicole Ebber wrote her thesis about opportunities and risks of CC for NGOs.
    • 2:14 PM (Tagging is useful, too: It’s great for SEO. Go tag!)
    • 2:14 PM So a huge CC library would be great. Also, tagging is important.
    • 2:13 PM Meike Richter proposes: Make a DVD with freely licensed music and tag it properly. Anyone need a business model?
    • 2:10 PM
    • 2:09 PM Audience member is working on a project to make user content (reviews et al) be released per default under CC. Take the content back!
    • 2:09 PM Wanna know more about showcases and successful uses of CC? CC collects case studies.
    • 2:07 PM Rule of thumb: Ask first, publish later!
    • 2:07 PM Proposal in the room: Don’t publish mean photos, like folks in the middle of eating ;)
    • 2:07 PM Question: What do you think about photos at Barcamps? Release them under which license? Show faces? Do we all need to be ready to be documented thoroughly?
    • 2:06 PM Obama’s photos of the electin night are CC, too.
    • 2:05 PM Good point from the audience: CC isn’t just for amateurs, but there’s serious money to be made.
    • 2:04 PM You can follow Nicole Ebber on twitter
    • 2:04 PM Nicole Ebber is also the OpenMusicContest ambassador, she’s giving some away. If you wanna know more about it, talk to her!
    • 2:03 PM OpenMusicContest
    • 2:03 PM There’s a number of CC-released samplers. Nicole shows one that’s the result of a band contest: Bands would be on the CD if they released their track under CC. It’s a two-CD album. It’s also available online:
    • 2:01 PM you can also search on many platforms, but search often isn’t trivial.
    • 2:01 PM answer: clear yes, there’s a search feature.
    • 2:00 PM question of (i think) a journalist: can CC also help me FIND content?
    • 1:59 PM most of the cases mentioned above could happen with many licensing models; usually, it’s being said, CC makes sharing and using much easier. particularly with hobby and amateur content.
    • 1:59 PM can’t tell for sure, but this plugin seems related
    • 1:58 PM There’s a CC plugin that writes licensing data into the files metadata.
    • 1:57 PM question: how can you license different file-types? Answer: some formats allow for meta data, others don’t.
    • 1:57 PM going really into details, constructing tough caseS: what happens if i use Australian content, commercially, the authors changes license in hindsight, now what happens? that’s not exactly the most likely case, it seems to me ;)
    • 1:55 PM if you’re a journalist and would like to use CC photos commercially it can be difficult if you want to be on the safe side and get another round of written consent.
    • 1:53 PM (no major CC court cases in Germany, but in the states and other places. so it works.)
    • 1:53 PM tricky: if someone changes their licenses to more restrictive, it can be tough to prove in hindsight. so there’s a weakness in the system. however, CC has been tested successfully in court.
    • 1:51 PM if someone uses your content, they have to prove they were allowed to.
    • 1:50 PM default is “all rights reserved”, so it’s very restrictive. CC allows for more freedom.
    • 1:49 PM on your own blog, just link to CC or embed the icons
    • 1:49 PM with external services you can often just choose the license (flickr, mixxt etc.)
    • 1:49 PM audience is curious about the implementation: how do i get this on my site?
    • 1:48 PM so CC is all about standardized legal contracts that are easy to use. CC doesn’t provide legal help in court, but it provides the framework.
    • 1:47 PM 3 is “machine-readable”, that’s the code.
    • 1:47 PM 2 is “lawyer-readable”, that’s the legal text.
    • 1:47 PM 1 is “human-readable”, that’s the fun little icons
    • 1:47 PM so there’S actually three levels:
    • 1:46 PM Tech details are being discussed. Details aren’t clear, but John Weitzmann helps out: CC provides code that allows for machine-readable licensing text. Important for automatization, syndication etc?
    • 1:45 PM CC seems overwhelming in the beginning i was often told; to make it simpler, there’s two levels, one is a brief (icon-based) description that’s simple to understand; and the real legal text, which is the binding contract.
    • 1:44 PM there’s more than 20 folks in this small room. good sign there’s so much interest in CC
    • 1:44 PM the icon with the license can easily be embedded in your blog, website etc. it’s simple. really.
    • 1:43 PM you get a neat little icon, too
    • 1:43 PM CC license chooser
    • 1:43 PM now Michelle and Nicole are presenting the license chooser i linked to before:
    • 1:42 PM note: all the licenses are legal, and legally binding. if you release your content under Creative Commons (no matter if it’s online or offline) you still have legal control over it (to the degree you allowed in choosing your license)
    • 1:41 PM that process is called “license porting”. so there’s a general license (“unported”) and for many countries also a “ported” license. you recognize them by their name: “Creative Commons BY-NC-SA Germany” is what my blog’S under, for example.)
    • 1:40 PM licenses are based on international contracts; in about 50 countries there are specialized licenses that are adapted even more accurately to domestic laws.
    • 1:40 PM (i can’t tell if comments are working. if you run into problems, just d me on twitter.
    • 1:38 PM You can check out the licensing model with this neat little tool, it’s super simple:
    • 1:38 PM so combinations of these modules could be: by-nc-sa, or even more freely just BY (which would mean that you can do ANYTHING with that content as long as you point back to the author).
    • 1:37 PM SA means: share-alike. if you use content that’s released under by-nc-sa (attribution, non-commercial, share-alike) means that you have to re-share what you build based on that content under the same license.
    • 1:36 PM NC means: non-commercial. use freely, unless you’re planning on making any money. in that case get in touch with the author first.
    • 1:36 PM BY means: always give correct attribution. You can use the content, but do link back.
    • 1:35 PM Covering the basics, the different licensing models:
    • 1:34 PM The default in traditional copyright is “all rights reserved”. CC changes that default to “some rights reserved”
    • 1:34 PM So what is CC? A simpler way to give creators control over how their content is used.
    • 1:33 PM Basic of Creative Commons. Presenters areNicole Ebber (Zeitgeisty), John Weitzmann (Legal Lead of Creative Commons Germany) and Michelle Thorne (Creative Commons).

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    Barcamp Hamburg: Future of Blogging


    I’ll be at Barcamp Hamburg 2 all day today, and try to liveblog one session or the other. Enjoy!

    • 1:15 PM thanks @jan tißler, great session. see you soon.
    • 1:15 PM time’s up!
    • 1:15 PM the room agrees: just pulling out isn’t exactly an option. then again, that’s hardly surprising at a barcamp, eh?
    • 1:13 PM story shared: person tried to get a new job, but doesn’t have a cell phone and no online profiles. led to A LOT of problems in her company.
    • 1:12 PM so is this a personal, informed decision or a lack of information paired with anxiety?
    • 1:12 PM ?
    • 1:12 PM is this the same thinking like the folks who refuse to read books/drive train/etc
    • 1:11 PM some folks, it’s said, simply refuse blogs and all. simply because they don’t want to live a more transparent life.
    • 1:10 PM are blogs like books in that they’re a new medium that was never planned? (think the first printed distibution of the bible, translated into all kinds of languages
    • 1:09 PM there’s blogs, social media, wikis etc. about every topic. the question is: do i wanna share openly (on the web) or in a more closed fashion (a book)?
    • 1:09 PM one blog taken by itself is of course a niche; the whole blogosphere taken together is quite a large and complex construct
    • 1:08 PM blogs that are TV driven seem to have mainstream appeal; niche blogs (about barcamps for example) will stay niche. (personally, that’s what i’m much more into.)
    • 1:07 PM A lot of folks even actively blog without referring to that term. think knitting blogs.
    • 1:07 PM most readers, so the idea at the table, don’t care (don’t know?) if they read blogs or not. It’s just stuff they like to read, no matter where the info comes from.
    • 1:06 PM Ah, here we go. Jump to claims 4&5: Blogs will stay in their niches and aren’t for the mainstream.
    • 1:05 PM we’re getting side-tracked in detailed discussion about feed reader features. search etc. not going to share that in detail ;)
    • 1:04 PM good discussion: is there a best way to read your tweets? how can you follow all you want and still get some food in your fridge?
    • 1:03 PM twitter can take some strain of this load by providing social collaborative filtering: you get a pre-filtered high-quality news feed; or you can even ask your peers
    • 1:02 PM (wish i knew more faces here so i could provide new names. mostly i’ll have to make to with “a guy” or “this lady” ;)
    • 1:01 PM paulinepauline has a few hundred feeds in her reader but just skims very, very roughly. (same with me, by the way. no way of reading all i’d love to read.)
    • 1:01 PM he says he sets himself a limit of 30mins every morning to read his stuff. (hardcore…)
    • 1:00 PM some feel there’s a lot of pressure in following everybody in detail. one might opt for “valuable” feeds, that are both relevant and give him a lot of value personally.
    • 12:58 PM how scalable is your social network?
    • 12:58 PM is there a limit as to how many folks you could follow?
    • 12:58 PM “twitter killed the blogstar”, but does it matter which channel they use?
    • 12:57 PM ambient social noise is a good factor, it’s why some people follow other blogs, tweets, friendfeeds.
    • 12:57 PM gotta say: it’s good to see a room full of twitterati ;)
    • 12:54 PM are blogs evolving like newspapers in the very early days, pre-corporate? one person decides to write up a journal, then takes it from there until it grows really big?
    • 12:53 PM seems like a twitter session is in order ;)
    • 12:53 PM @paulinepauline knows a friend who stopped posting to facbeook and switched to twitter instead, but doesn’t follow anyone back. she uses it push only.
    • 12:52 PM good point: one person shares a story where his “offline” friends don’t understand that he tweets from his cell phone while they’re totally familiar with posting status updates on facebook.
    • 12:51 PM she predicts twitter will lead to another wave of bloggers
    • 12:51 PM one lady twittered first, then started to blog. cool.
    • 12:50 PM Info overkill still is a problem: one person said for every person he follows he unfollows another. (hardcore, eh?) how many folks do you follow? does that work for you?
    • 12:46 PM making fun of yourself is great, makes others laugh. (“dropped a pack of spaghetti. picking them up is like mikado.”)
    • 12:44 PM moving on to the motivations behind microblogging: what keeps folks going on twitter? want to know your friends to know this stuff, is it a profiling thing, want to get feedback? why do you twitter: “it’s snowing outside”? socializing vs info sharing
    • 12:43 PM is twitter just background noise (weather! color of my socks!) or actually useful info? what’s the best mix?
    • 12:42 PM
    • 12:42 PM Rednix posted first photos of the session:
    • 12:40 PM audience member: this is actually good for the quality of blogs.
    • 12:40 PM deep discussions take place in blogs; twitter & co are for a different purpose, that is: dialogue, quick, higher frequency.
    • 12:39 PM the session room is _bursting_. folks keep sticking their heads into the door.
    • 12:38 PM memetracker rivva, that is:
    • 12:38 PM Frank of meme tracker agrees to point 1). A lot of things that used to happen in blogs moved over to microblogging services.
    • 12:37 PM 5) Blogs aren’t for the mainstream
    • 12:35 PM 4) Blogs will stay in their niche
    • 12:35 PM interesting point: would you still count TechCrunch as a blog, or a news site?
    • 12:34 PM 3) Blogs biggest problem is their professionalization
    • 12:33 PM 2) Video beats text
    • 12:32 PM 1 Twitter and Friendfeed make blogs obsolete
    • 12:32 PM 5 claims:
    • 12:31 PM Room Sm@tch is packed. Jan Tißler is giving his introduction.
    • 12:23 PM That said: Enjoy! The atmosphere here is great, the location neat, too. Also, thanks to the sponsors of Barcamp.
    • 12:21 PM I’m at Barcamp Hamburg right now, and will be liveblogging from some sessions. Don’t want to make any promises, though: Conference language is German, so liveblogging in English may turn out a bit awkward. If so, I’ll stop ;)

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    Liveblogging from The BOBs (27 Nov)


    THE BOBsOn 27 November, Deutsche Welle will announce the winners of The BOBs, the Best of the Blogs awards. The BOBs are pretty big internationally, it’s probably the world’s most important international blog awards (for blogs, podcasts, videoblogs). With 11 languages, it’s a truly international effort. (More on the BOBs in the FAQ.)

    Among the nominations are a lot of truly amazing blogs, and it won’t be easy for the jury to decide who to give the awards to. But one thing is for sure, it’s going to be extremely high-quality stuff. So I’m really excited that Deutsche Welle asked me to come and liveblog (or is it: blog live?) from the awards ceremony. (Full disclosure: It’s a paid gig.) The ceremony is open to the public, by the way, and takes place in the Berlin communications museum, in the evening of 27 Nov.

    So drop by if you’re based in Berlin. For those who can’t make it, I’ll be liveblogging here and on the BOBs website.